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How early can the Falcons draft a running back?

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There's been plenty of chatter about the Falcons drafting a running back. While it isn't a big position of need, the Falcons stand to benefit from a deep running back class in this year's draft. Sure, the Falcons still have Steven Jackson and Jacquizz Rodgers, but depth doesn't hurt, unless someone hits you in the head with it, and I'm not even sure that's possible.

The answer to this question ultimately depends on how the Falcons approach their first three picks. If they manage to draft a plug and play offensive lineman, a capable pass rusher, and a safety with potential with those picks, the door is wide open for a running back.

For what it's worth, drafting a running back does make sense. There's always an Antone Smith or Josh Vaughan fan hanging around. Admittedly, both men are capable. There's a good possibility one or both can contribute in 2014. But neither will be the Falcons' feature back after Jackson gets hurt again is phased out or retires. The Falcons can get great value now, so why wait?

So what say you? When should the Falcons look to draft a running back?